English @ OU


Writers Harvest to Benefit Ohio Food Banks

The Creative Writing program presents Writers Harvest—a benefit for hunger relief—on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

Proceeds from the $5 (suggested) admission benefit Southeastern Ohio Food Bank. A book signing and reception immediately follow the talks.

This year, Writers Harvest, the nation’s largest reading series working to help fight hunger, will feature Mark Halliday, Ohio University Professor of Poetry and award-winning author, and Donald Ray Pollock, regional and nationally acclaimed fiction writer.

"Last year’s Writers Harvest raised around $1,000 for the local food bank, and our goal this year is $1,500,” says David Wanczyk.

All proceeds from the $5 admission donation will go to the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank’s Second Harvest, a food distribution program serving Athens, Hocking, Perry, Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Morgan and Washington counties. Donations will be accepted outside Baker Center on Monday and Tuesday, and at the door on Tuesday evening. There also will be a raffle at the event where attendees can win signed books, gift certificates to local restaurants, and tickets to theater shows. Writers Harvest is presented with support from the Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, and Arts for Ohio. For information about the event, contact the Special Programs Office, Bentley Annex 303, 740-707-3191.

The Department of English

Our department includes faculty distributed among four program areas: Literary Studies, Creative Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, and English Education. We offer doctoral degrees in literary studies, creative writing, and composition/rhetoric, and a master’s degree in English, serving approximately sixty graduate students in any given year. On the undergraduate level, we serve close to six hundred undergraduate majors, including almost two hundred integrated language arts majors enrolled in the College of Education.


The 2104 Shakespeare Lecture

On Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 5 pm in Baker Center Theater, Dr. Bart van Es from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford will deliver a lecture titled "1594: Shakespeare’s Most Important Year.” At the start of 1594 Shakespeare was still an onlooker to the Elizabethan theatre industry, but by its close he had moved to a unique position at its heart. In this lecture Bart van Es explores the consequences of Shakespeare’s decision that year to become a sharer in the Chamberlain’s acting company. This decision, he argues, changed the playwright’s art forever and would prove the most important of his life.

All members of the Ohio University community and the public are welcome to attend. A reception, to be held in the Baker Center lounge, will follow the lecture. read more >>

Professor Patrick O’Keeffe Publishes Book

ffe's novel The Visitors was published through Viking Penguin in March, and has already garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Knoxville News Sentinel. Check out The Visitors on Amazon for a look inside the book.

Patrick was born in Ireland, but he has lived in the US for over twenty years. He received a BA in English at the University of Kentucky and an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. read more >>

Faculty Member Dinty W. Moore Edits Nonfiction Bestseller

Dinty W. Moore was listed as #6 in Small Press Distribution's top-ten list of bestselling nonfiction titles for 2012." read more >>

Student News

Matthew Vetter Awarded the Claude Kantner Graduate Fellowship

The English Department is proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Matthew Vetter received the Claude Kantner Graduate Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. This fellowship is awarded to only five graduate students throughout the entire university.


Craig A. Meyer Receives MLA International Bibliography Fellowship and Publishes Article

Craig A. Meyer, a PhD Candidate, received the MLA International Bibliography this January in Boston. The fellowships help recognize the efforts of scholars who index materials on behalf of the MLA International Bibliography. As partial demonstration of the rigor, only five scholars have completed the fellowship requirements of serving three years as a field bibliographer. This year, Craig became the sixth. In addition to this award, he also recently published an article in the Spring 2013 issue of Computers and Composition Online. read more >>